Friday 5 November 2021

Love To Read? Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #177 featuring **SUPERSTAR CATS** byJ ulie Tottman PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins + **Top Tip To Survive Firework Noise**

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today, and OH FLUFF it's Bonfire Night again!

For our overseas readers, click the link here to read all about the nefarious Gun Powder Plot of 1605.

Fireworks are freely available for the general public to buy in the U.K. which Dad finds completely hilarious as in Australia it's a serious offence for private citizens to buy, own or set off fireworks, anyhoo, so all and sundry can purrchase fireworks and mew know what that means? Idiot flufftards let them off anywhere and everywhere, and not just on the 5th of November. 

On Wednesday, some total numpty was letting them off in the next village for about an hour, and I'm going to get my very sarcastic voice happening now; we can't wait for tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday night, and purrhaps even into next week as foolhardy fluffers unite in setting them off in their gardens.

There are petitions to stop fireworks from being sold to members of the public, but the government does nothing and the problem/madness/danger continues.

Our nearest neighbours would set them off in their front garden, not only for Bonfire Night but also for New Year's Eve, and the number of times the spent fireworks would land on our roof was amazing, did they care, not a hoot! 

The P.A. also knows someone who let their teenager set some rockets off a few years ago, and they zoomed onto their house roof and set fire to the house. 

And still the government does nothing about public safety, which makes us severely MOL as mew can't even climb on a stepstool in work premises without a weeks full training and a certified certificate, yet anyone can light the touch paper on a firework, which could potentially blow your fingers/hand off.

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Top Tip To Survive Firework Noise

Anyhoo, rant over, we're just going to put on an old western movie, and this is a top tip if mew don't like fireworks. 

Those old westerns with the shootouts at the OK Corral and the stampedes etc are epically brilliant for disguising firework noise. We've been using this method for years with great success.

Try it and let us know how mew get on. 

 And this is my purrsonal opinion on the general public being allowed fireworks.

Fireworks are dangerous, Amber says so.

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. Something I lost and was never able to find was _________.

2. When I _________, I want to _________.

3. _________ doesn't bother me.

4. I don't handle _________ very well.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. Something I lost and was never able to find was: OMG so many things, but the most bizarre was an amethyst earring. And I know you guys want to know more about the ghosts and weird paranormal stuff here at BBHQ and what it's like living in a haunted house, so here's a little taster and I'll reveal more spooky stuff soon. 

I took the earrings off while sitting at my dressing table, and I had them in my right hand. My hand was closed tightly over them so I didn't drop them as I walked to the other side of the room to put them back in my jewellery box. Are you ready? 

I lifted the lid on my jewellery box, opened my hand to put the earrings in their little compartment, and one had vanished. It had completely disappeared, I combed the carpet, crawled under the bed, unmade the bed, remade the bed etc, I even got the metal detector out to locate it but it had gone and to this day it's never been found. 

I think I know where it ended up, let me know in the comments if you want to hear my theory, as that wasn't the only spooky or unexplained disappearance.

2. When I do housework, I want like to listen to an audiobook.

3. Not going out at the moment doesn't bother me. Other than to work or getting essentials which Amazon don't carry in stock, I'm happy at home with the cats and staying away from covid. 

4. I don't handle blood and guts very well. What I'm saying is, I'd make a rubbish nurse or a doctor.

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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today

         Catblogosphere        Feline Friday        Nature Friday        Flashback Friday     Friendship Friday       
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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

Amber the library reviewing Superstar Cats by Julie Tottman
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Julie Tottman

       Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

Trick-training is a fantastically easy way to bond with your cat, keep them active and entertained, and give you a laugh too! In this clever little book from Julie Tottman, you'll discover:

How to teach your cat the basics they need to begin.

Easy and impressive tricks for all shapes, sizes and attention spans.

FAQ and step-by-steps to make your trick-training sessions super simple and fun.

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Julie Tottman is a movie/tv animal trainer with over 20 years of experience and has worked on Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, which are some pretty impressive credentials.

So what did I think about Superstar Cats? 

I thought it was really fun; after a short bio, there's a quick guide on how to use the information in the book which then leads into Top Tips for Success, so mew and your kitty get the most out of the tricks presented. 

Now I'm a bit old for all this, being 19+ now, but for instance, young Melvyn would be a purrfect candidate for training, and there are so many simple tricks and they all involve getting treats, I really like that bit. Maybe I can just get a pawful for just reading the book!??? MOL

I'm going to suggest that Melvyn does some training as he's totally obsessed with one wand toy, and it might take his mind off it and staring at the cupboard for 2 hours a day.

 So if mew're looking to expand your Kitty CV aka Resume, then this book could be right up your alley.

A great gift for any cat lover, or for any kitting wanting to expand their purrsonal repertoire.

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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time fur me to say BFN or bye-fur-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't furget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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  1. Please do tell more on your theory of the disappearance of the amethyst earring. From what you said I have my own theory but will keep it to myself as I don't want to be laughed at. I would love to hear more of the spooky happenings too. I have never seen a ghost but have felt there presence on occasion.

  2. I want to hear your theory too. We always have them.

    The fireworks are crazy. They were setting them off last night for day of the dead I think. Awful.

    Loved your fill-ins. I don't mind staying home either. It's my castle.

    I had to smile at #4. I don't mind the blood and guts. I've observed autopsies. Very interesting puzzle and autopsy is.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, my friend. Scritches to all the kitties. ♥

  3. I would also be interested in the theory of the missing earring. Sounds exciting. Hope the fireworks aren't too bad tonight.

  4. Those were good and interesting answers and a very nice book review. We had fireworks going on for about 2 hours last night. They're legal here too and you just never know when they will be going off.

  5. Amber, I am with you on no fireworks. They are illegal in my state , but legal in the next state so many just go there to buy them. I would love to hear more about the strange happenings in the house you live in. How old is it?
    Thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I like being home too.
    Excellent review Amber. I want to read this one. Have a nice weekend. XO

  6. I wonder if Summer's Mom has that book on her shelf??
    As to the earring?? idea! That better not happen to mine, I have old heirloom amethyst earrings, too...I inherited them from my Mum, who got them as antiques...I wonder how old mine really are?!

    Did you look in 'the Bunker' where stranger things than that have happened...

    My sister almost faints just thinking about blood and guts, etc...and my brother is worse. How did I get into health care and those things do not phase me at all?? IDK!! LOL!

  7. Tell us more about your missing items, I am interested in your theory. Fireworks are illegal here but people just cross to the next state to get them. I don't understand why the government doesn't crack down on them. I hate fireworks.

  8. Darn it, I was hoping there would be some top tips and tricks on how to train Mrs H. Of course the trouble with that would be she'd be pickled two minutes in as her treat is sherry, MOL

  9. Have you heard of "aports"? Your earring may be in the back opf the vegetable crisper drawer of your fridge. Tell us more !

  10. Oh yes, very interesting to know more about the missing earring!
    I listen to an audiobook anytime I don't have to listen to something else.
    While I work: no.
    While I walk, drive, take a bath, play online jigsaw puzzles, am a human cat bed, and while The Hubby is watching sports on TV: I listen.


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